‘Someone will contract the virus here’: Meet homeless Californians trying to survive a pandemic
The vast majority of people who were unhoused in California before coronavirus swept across the state are exactly where they were. Encampments still line the streets. Shelters feel more like a risk than a refuge. And affordable housing is as elusive as ever.
Responding to pandemics and other disease outbreaks in homeless populations: A review of the literature and content analysis
Considering the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we recognised a lack of synthesis amongst the available literature pertaining to the intersections of homelessness and pandemic response and planning. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to identify relevant peer-reviewed literature in this area to thematically produce evidence-based recommendations that would inform community planning and response amongst homeless populations.
Health-seeking behaviours in the homeless population: A concept analysis
Homelessness is a harsh reality for many people in the world. Data from Yale University estimates that roughly 150 million people worldwide were considered homeless in 2020 (Chamie, 2020). Homelessness is a worldwide crisis, and the United States is no exclusion from this dilemma.
A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies that investigate the emotional experiences of staff working in homeless settings
Homelessness is a pervasive issue in society, and government policies have highlighted the need to focus on the experience of front-line staff in homelessness settings. The aim of this meta-synthesis was to draw together the available research to further understanding of the experiences of staff working with homeless people.
Health care for homeless people
A growing and diversifying homeless population faces tremendous social burdens and structural barriers to health care that contribute to high morbidity and mortality. Health care for homeless people must address intersecting health and social challenges through a combination of health-related and social interventions.
Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
People experiencing homelessness are at risk for infection during community spread of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to support response planning by emergency management officials, public health authorities, and homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers.
Locked Out: Unemployment and Homelessness in the COVID Economy
This report uses estimates from the Congressional Budget Office to project an unemployment scenario for the Pandemic Recession. We go on to use detailed unemployment and homeless data from the 2008 Great Recession to estimate the linkage between unemployment and homelessness and forecast the amount and type of pandemic-driven homelessness in Los Angeles, California and the United States.
COVID-19 and Homeless People
Extreme poverty and homelessness are not novel topics in the United States. Homelessness appeared to be misstated as merely a problem of being without s shelter, while it is more properly viewed as the most aggravated state of a more prevalent problem. This study discusses the relationship between political partisanships as well as U.S. economic policies among people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Homeless in America
What are the characteristics of the homeless population in the United States?1,3 Nearly 400,000 are single and more than 150,000 are families. A total of 37,000 are veterans, 60% percent are men, and minority individuals represent more than half of the homeless population. Chronically homeless individuals are often disabled, including a not insignificant number of veterans.
Structural medicine: towards an economy of care
Under the Biden–Harris administration, there is renewed attention on inequalities in the USA that have exacerbated vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic and manifested as racial and class disparities in morbidity, mortality, and vaccination.1, 2 With public health now at the centre of national priorities, there is an opportunity to reverse the decades-long dismantling of US welfare systems that has weakened public health and exacerbated racial inequities.
Racial disparities in energy poverty in the United States
There is widespread energy poverty in the U.S. over the past 25 years. African-American households are more vulnerable than white and Asian households. Energy poverty witnessed the greatest growth among white households during 1990–2015. Racial energy burden varies greatly regarding energy types, end-use demands, and regions. Urgent attention should be given to the increasing number of white households in energy poverty.
Addressing the homeless crisis with intensive case management
Many families are one paycheck away from being swept into a cycle of poverty and homelessness in California. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed our state’s lack of capacity in addressing this widespread and growing crisis. The cost of living is sky-rocketing faster than families have the means to make adjustments. For example, a two-bedroom apartment in Anaheim rents for $2,200 a month, 37% of the average income. Many families have to move into homes with multiple generations to avoid living on the streets or in overcrowded shelters.
Newsom mental health plan needs full airing
Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new plan to deal with California’s mentally ill but it should be fully fleshed out before enactment. Beginning in the 19th century and continuing well into the 20th, California maintained an extensive network of state mental hospitals to which people deemed to be dangers to themselves or others were committed, often for decades.
How governments worsen poverty in California
California politicians lament California’s high poverty rate, but state and local government policies hurt the poor. Life is tough for poor people in California — particularly the working poor who are trying to pay their way, but must deal with the state’s very high costs for necessities such as rent, gasoline and utilities.
California must move forward with water projects
Prior to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s State of the State speech, there is one item to examine that serves as a building block for all the issues the governor will address – water. Despite unexpected storms in late 2021, California is braced for another year of drought. The water we do have must move throughout the state by way of a complicated system of reservoirs, dams, canals, pipes and treatment plants. That movement is managed by an equally complicated network of federal, state and local officials.
‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening
When California shut down in March 2020, advocates for unhoused people thought the state might finally be forced to solve its homelessness crisis. To slow the spread of Covid, they hoped, officials would have to provide people living outside with stable and private shelter and housing.
The impact of poverty cycles on economic research: evidence from econometric analysis
Poverty is a global problem, and fighting it is a historical task faced by humanity. The outbreak of poverty crises has a certain cyclicality, and the development of economic research may react to poverty cycles.
Microfranchising to Alleviate Poverty: An Innovation Network Perspective
In 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals set an ethical imperative: end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. Microfranchising can contribute to this critical effort by offering nonprofit organizations and businesses an opportunity to rapidly scale entrepreneurship within Base of the Pyramid (BOP) markets.
The role of trade narratives in poverty reduction after the COVID-19 crisis
The global response to the COVID-19 crisis of severely restricting international travel and business operations has been accompanied by slowing economic growth and increased levels of global poverty. The paper uniquely links ideas associated with behavioral economics, international business theories and empirical evidence with reducing poverty as we move past the COVID-19 crisis